White House: US may confront ships near North Korea
In addition to UN sanctions, the US also wants to inspect ships believed to be carrying contraband to North Korea.
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U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Friday that U.S. officials would seek permission to board and inspect such vessels in a bid to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions. She said the ships would be directed to a nearby port for inspection if they could not be boarded at sea.
The U.N. Security Council on Friday punished North Korea for its second nuclear test by imposing tough new sanctions.
Rice said it would not be surprising if North Korea reacted to the sanctions with "further provocation."